The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Dear Prudence”

 

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Dear Prudence.” “Dear Prudence” is on The Beatles “The Beatles” album [aka “The White Album.}  Dear Prudence was written by John Lennon. The Beatles were in India when they wrote a lot of the songs that would appear on “The White Album” and this was one of those songs.  They were in India studying under the Mararishi Mehesh Yogi. There were a number of celebrity types there including the actress Mia Farrow and her 20 year old sister Prudence. Prudence was really into the meditation and refused to come out of her hut. Everyone would be checking on her-to make sure she was still alive. She was just trying to reach God quicker than everyone else. John would turn this event into a song. This is my favourite song on “The White Album.”  The song was recorded after Ringo  stormed out and briefly quit the band, so we have Paul on drums. John was taught by Donovan how to play the guitar by fingerpicking folk guitar style. John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, backing vocal and guitar/ Paul McCartney: backing vocal, drums, bass guitar, piano, flugelhorn, tambourine and handclaps/ George Harrison: backing vocal, lead guitar and handclaps/ Mal Evans, Jackie Lomax, John McCartney: backing vocals and handclaps. The song was recorded on August 28th and 29th,1968 at Trident Studios. Producer :George Martin.

Rating “Dear Prudence” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • “Dear Prudence” was never released as a single.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Dear Prudence” at #63 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” list. Spignesi and Lewis has it at #82 in their “100 Best Beatles Songs’ list.
  • John would say about writing the song “Dear Prudence” is me. Written in India. A song about Mia Farrow’s sister, who seemed to go slightly barmy, meditating too long, and couldn’t come out of the little hut that we were living in. They selected me and George to try and bring her out because she would trust us. If she’d been in the West, they would have put her away.”
  • ‘Dear Prudence” is one of Julian Lennon’s favoruite songs by his father.
  • Siouxsie and the Banchees do a killer version of “Dear Prudence.”
  • John never played “Dear Prudence” for Prudence Farrow. She heard it like everyone else when the album came out. George had told her that they had written a song about her. She was flattered. Today, Prudence teaches meditation in Florida.
  • Length of song-3:56.

“Dear Prudence” {Lennon-McCartney}

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
Dear Prudence, open up your eyes
Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies
The wind is low, the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence, won’t you open up your eyes?
Look around round
Look around round round
Look around
Dear Prudence, let me see you smile
Dear Prudence, like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again
Dear Prudence, won’t you let me see you smile?
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?
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